Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, today announced Hong Kong as the newest destination for its super-jumbo.
Starting on October 1st, Emirates’ A380 will operate flight EK384 daily from Dubai via Bangkok with the return flight operating as EK385. Emirates currently has a total of 12 A380s in its fleet with an additional 78 aircraft on order. Hong Kong will become the Dubai-based global airline’s 11th A380 destination, followed closely by airline’s U.S. return with A380 service to New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport set to commence on October 31st.
Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said: “We are very excited to announce Hong Kong as a new Emirates A380 destination and demonstrate our commitment to the region. Our passengers from Hong Kong now have the opportunity to enjoy the elite service and comforts available on this aircraft and our passengers from Thailand will have the option of flying the A380 to either Dubai or Hong Kong.”
This commercially-vibrant metropolis became part of Emirates’ ever expanding network back in 1991, and today Emirates’ operates a double-daily service between Hong Kong and Dubai, one non-stop and one flight via Bangkok. The airline also operates 18 weekly SkyCargo freighter services.
Emirates’ luxurious A380 products include two on-board shower spas in the First Class cabin, featuring signature amenities by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. For First and Business Class passengers, the onboard lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés.
Flat-bed, massage-equipped private suites await passengers in First Class, while in Business Class there is a new generation of all-aisle flat-bed seats, for those traveling on the main deck in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches.
In all classes, there is mood-lighting and ice, the award-winning, in-flight entertainment system featuring over 1200 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies and music in Thai and Cantonese.
Emirates currently operates the A380 from Dubai daily to Paris, Jeddah, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing and double daily to London Heathrow. In addition to Hong Kong and New York, Emirates will also begin daily A380 service to Manchester on September 1st.